Chinese netizens are reacting furiously to a report about a woman who underwent repeated plastic surgery after her husband divorced her for her “fat face”.
BBC News is reporting that “divorced because of fat face” is a fast trending topic on the Weibo microblog, although the story is unverified and short on detail.
Some condemned the woman’s husband but others also chastised the woman.
“It’s purely an excuse. If her face was large then why did he decide to marry her in the first place? If he stopped loving her then he should have just said so,” a top commenter said.
“This woman is also very silly to have believed that her face shape was the real reason for the divorce, she is lying to herself.”
Another said even the woman had gone for facial surgery and made her face smaller, her husband “would still have found other reasons to divorce you”.
State media picked up the story, first reported in a local evening paper, on Thursday.
Liaoshen Wanbao reported the 49-year-old woman from Shenyang said her husband had divorced her 10 years ago because he disliked her face, which he reportedly described as “large and square” with “fat cheeks”.
She said it spurred her to undergo facial surgery three times to shave her jawbones and reshape her face into a slimmer shape.
During the third surgery doctors feared her nerves might be damaged and halted the procedure.
The woman, identified only by her surname Wang, later sued the hospital for 1.7 million yuan (US$260,900).
She alleged the surgery had left her with soreness in her chin, and she could only eat and drink through a straw as “when she exerted force on her lower jaw, she had the sensation that it would break”.
The hospital, however, argued that the surgeries were conducted according to regulations, and pointed out that they encouraged her to seek psychiatric help instead of a third operation, which she refused.
After mediation the woman agreed to accept 20,000 yuan as compensation, said the report.
One netizen noted the sharp difference in the compensation and voiced suspicions.
“It makes me wonder if she really did have a problem with her jaw.”
Still others took the opportunity to crack jokes.
“What an odd reason for divorce! I wonder how square was this woman’s square-shaped face? Like a television set? Microwave oven?”
Plastic surgery has been a hot topic on Weibo. In December, users similarly expressed outrage when a Chinese man took out a newspaper advertisement pleading for his wife to go for plastic surgery.
More than seven million cosmetic surgeries were performed in China in 2014.
The industry’s, valued at 400 billion yuan, is expected to double by 2019, according to the China Association of Plastics and Aesthetics.
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